The Wakefield Eastern Relief Road is now open
Cllr Peter Box officially opening the road with pupils from Sandal Magna Academy and Heath View Academy
The Wakefield Eastern
Relief Road (WERR) has been officially opened by Cllr Peter Box CBE,
Leader of Wakefield Council and Chair of the West Yorkshire Combined Authority.
The WERR is 5.5km long, boasts the longest single span bridge in Wakefield and
the first new river crossing in Wakefield in over 100 years.
The new £33m road provides an essential road link between the A642 and A638. It
will help to reduce congestion and pollution within the city.
The WERR is also expected to bring with it major economic benefits by unlocking
the potential to develop 2,500 new homes as part of the City Fields development.
Cllr Peter Box CBE, Leader of Wakefield Council
Cllr Peter Box CBE,
Leader of Wakefield Council, said: “I am delighted to open the Wakefield
Eastern Relief Road. It is one of the biggest and most ambitious projects that
this district has seen for decades and is a huge achievement for Wakefield.
“The new road will help reduce traffic congestion in and around the city,
improve local transport links and provide access to land for future
development, helping to create thousands of new jobs and supporting economic
growth in our district for many years to come.
“Thank you to everyone for their patience as the work has been carried out.”
Cllr Eric Firth, West Yorkshire Combined Authority’s Deputy Transport Chair
said: “Delivering improved strategic transport links that generate economic
growth across west Yorkshire and the City Region are among the Combined
Authority’s stated aims so I am glad that through our £1bn Transport Fund we
have been able to work with Wakefield Council to develop the Wakefield Eastern
In December 2015, the project team achieved one of the road’s biggest
challenges, with the installation of a 1200 tonne traffic bridge underneath the
railway lines serving Wakefield Kirkgate Station, near to the Eastmoor estate.
The 56-hour round-the-clock operation was a major feat of engineering so that
the railway lines could be reopened as usual following the Christmas bank
The Wakefield Eastern Relief Road is the first project constructed as part of
the West Yorkshire Combined Authority’s 10-year programme of strategic
transport schemes targeted to accelerate growth and create up to 20,000 jobs
across the region.
Funding for the schemes is though the £1bn Leeds City Region Enterprise
Partnership (LEP) Growth Deal from the Government’s Local Growth Fund.
For more information, and videos from the roads construction, visit www.wakefield.gov.uk/WERR